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Much like Zen, Pema Chodron's interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism takes the form of a nontheistic spiritualism. In When Things Fall Apart this head of a Tibetan monastery in Canada outlines some relevant and deceptively profound terms of Tibetan Buddhism that are germane to modern issues. The key to all of these terms is accepting that in the final analysis, life is groundless. By letting go, we free ourselves to face fear and obstacles and offer ourselves unflinchingly to others. The graceful, conversational tone of Chodron's writing gives the impression of sitting on a pillow across from her, listening to her everyday examples of Buddhist wisdom. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Pema Chodron, a student of Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche and Abbot of Gampo Abbey, has written the Tibetan Buddhist equivalent of Harold Kushner's famous book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. As the author indicates in the postscript to her book: "We live in difficult times. One senses a possibility they may get worse." Consequently, Chodron's book is filled with useful advice about how Buddhism helps readers to cope with the grim realities of modern life, including fear, despair, rage and the feeling that we are not in control of our lives. Through reflections on the central Buddhist teaching of right mindfulness, Chodron orients readers and gives them language with which to shape their thinking about the ordinary and extraordinary traumas of modern life. But, most importantly, Chodron demonstrates how effective the Buddhist point of view can be in bringing order into disordered lives.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found it to give me the fresh perspective on things that I hadn't found up till now. AND it's very easy to follow along and absorb, as well as being a very compatible method for... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Trish
We can all be better if we are more open to ourselves and accept who we are: our thoughts, emotions and actions. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Julian
Seriously. I have never been so influenced by any book in my life before. My life has truly changed for the better after reading this one. I strongly recommend reading it.Published 8 days ago by Daniil Korolev
Loved reading this book every day after meditation and prayer. Pema Chodron is so pragmatic and down to earth and her teachings are relatable right now and in every moment. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Dennis Dix
I found this book to be incredibly helpful while going through a very difficult time. I like that it is not like a "self-help" book that if you only just try hard and do... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Elizabeth
One of my all time favorite books. I have returned to this book multiple times when my life appeared to be 'falling apart' and every time Pema's words kept me hopeful.Published 12 days ago by ashley